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Boxers set bold goal: six-gold sweep

first_imgFlyweight Ian Clark Bautista, light heavyweight John Marvin and light-flyweight Carlo Paalam are also expected to vie for the golds after Abap president Ricky Vargas had told the team that losing would definitely be unacceptable.“Our president said there’s no excuse for failure. We gave all the things that the boxers needed plus the sufficient exposure,’’ said Picson during the Philippine Sportswriters Association forum at the Golden Phoenix Hotel.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’Bautista and Fernandez captured gold medals in the 2015 SEA Games in Singapore.“We’re hoping that since everything is being done properly, our boxers and coaches will deliver,’’ said Picson. Some senators dismayed by WBO review of Pacquiao-Horn match Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer IT happens: Facebook sorry for Xi Jinping’s name mistranslation Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer Malacañang open to creating Taal Commission LIVE: Sinulog 2020 Grand Parade “Our counterparts are putting a lot of emphasis on this age-group because this is where it all begins as the boxers get to the youth championships (17-18 years) and then to the elite level,’’ said Picson.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Philippines’ Eumir Felix Marcial, right, celebrates winning the fight against Singapore’s Tay Jia Wei. Singapore SEA Games Organizing Committee /The Association of Boxing Alliances in the Philippines is sending a full deck of boxers built to sweep the gold medals in the 29th Southeast Asian Games.There are only six weight categories in the Kuala Lumpur SEAG next month and Abap executive director Ed Picson said they’re fielding in a complete lineup headed by lightwelter weight Charly Suarez, middleweight Eumir Felix Marcial and bantamweight Mario Fernandez.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:11SEA GAMES 2019: PH’s Nesthy Petecio boxing featherweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)08:07Athletes treated to a spectacle as SEA Games 2019 officially ends06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball05:21Drama in karate: Tsukii ‘very sad’ over coach’s bullying, cold shoulder03:24PH’s James Palicte boxing light welterweight final (HIGHLIGHTS) View comments MOST READ Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ LATEST STORIES He also explained in the weekly forum backed by Accel, Pagcor and San Miguel Corporation that the tight schedule of the SEA Games and the forthcoming Aiba World Championships in Hamburg, Germany forced them to make a tough choice among the boxers.Rio De Janeiro Olympian Rogen Ladon (light flyweight) and flyweight Daniel Maamo were chosen to compete in the world championships. Picson said Marcial also made it to the world championships but they felt Marcial would be better off in the SEAG.“It seems that the public is more aware and concerned with the SEA Games rather than the world championships,’’ said Picson. “We had to consider public perception.’’Prior to the KL Games (Aug. 19-30) and the world championships (Aug. 25-Sept.2), Filipino boxers will also figure in the Asian Junior Boxing Championships in Puerto Princesa, Palawan on Aug. 1-8.Around 20 to 30 Asian nations are expected to attend the junior continental meet reserved for boxers aged 15 to 16 years old.ADVERTISEMENT 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcanolast_img read more

Lassiter after SMB loss to NLEX: ‘We’re still finding our way’

first_img“Once we get fully healthy, we’ll be a different team and right now, we’re still finding our way, but I’m proud of the team that we gave our full effort. We just need to focus on certain areas that we want and don’t fall on the same stuff in the next one.”But for the Fil-Am sniper, he doesn’t want San Miguel to fall on the trap of playing the waiting game, saying that his team must find a way to rectify its miscues this early than feel sorry in the future.“We just got to get better at the things that we make mistakes on and learn from them,” he said, highlighting the poor start that saw the Beermen trail by 15 early, 25-10.“Of course, you want to play the full 48 minutes and that’s the key. If we could play the full 48 minutes, we could set the tone and play our style of brand. We can’t play two quarters, two-and-a-half, three-and-a-half, we got to play four quarters. That’s the key of beating any team. We can’t to come out and be down. We got to play the full four quarters.”And it starts in practice as San Miguel eyes to bounce back against Alaska on Saturday in Angeles City in Pampanga.ADVERTISEMENT Search on for 5 Indonesians snatched anew in Lahad Datu Hamilton wins Belgian GP to trim Vettel’s lead to 7 points Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. SMB coach Leo Austria continued to thread the needle with prized big man June Mar Fajardo as the veteran mentor keeping the three-time PBA Most Valuable Player on minutes restriction to give him time to recover from his calf injury while also keeping him fresh for the bigger wars ahead.But with Fajardo out, San Miguel suffered another close shave, this time losing to surprise contender NLEX, 103-100, on Sunday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’Lassiter, though, remains upbeat knowing that the Beermen have enough talent to win.“We got enough talent to beat teams, and every one from the bench can compete with anybody. We know we can compete at a high level so we just got to continue playing San Miguel ball and make sure that whoever’s out there, we’ll come out and play hard,” he said. Marcio Lassiter. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netMarcio Lassiter will be the first to admit that right now, San Miguel is not the same team that won the first two championships this season.“It’s just different for us right now. We’re not used to playing this type of lineup all the time,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite MOST READ Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles Bishop Baylon encourages faithful in Albay to help Taal evacuees Hotdog’s Dennis Garcia dies Police seize P68-M worth of ‘shabu’ in Pasay National Historical team rescues Amorsolos, artifacts from Taal Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ LATEST STORIES Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ View comments “I can’t think about the last five games we played. I’m thinking about the sixth game that’s coming up. That’s all I can think about. One game at a time. This loss hurts, but it is what it is and we got to bounce back,” he said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

Michael Jordan scores again, this time with his Jumpman logo

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Since the Jordan Brand is a Nike subsidiary and the namesake of the six-time NBA champion, the Hornets will be the only NBA team to wear the Jordan Brand “Jumpman” logo on their uniforms this season. That would appear to be a merchandising windfall.After the switch from Adidas, the other 29 NBA teams will wear the Nike “swoosh” on their uniforms.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogCharlotte’s All-Star point guard Kemba Walker loves the idea of the Hornets being a slightly unique — and knows it’s because of Jordan.“I mean, he’s the GOAT (Greatest of All Time),” Walker said. “Everybody loves MJ. Everybody loves the way he competed and the way he carries himself.” Especially off the court.There isn’t a player in the league who doesn’t want to emulate the NBA’s greatest pitchman.Though Jordan was not made available to be interviewed for this story, others praised his savvy and longevity.Oklahoma City guard Russell Westbook is a representative for the Jordan Brand, which sponsors 21 active NBA players. Westbrook is soaking up as much knowledge as he can working with Jordan.The reigning league MVP said he’s tried to use what Jordan has done with marketing skills as a model for his own success.“He set himself up, not just on the basketball court, but in business,” Westbrook said. “…. He set himself up tremendously — his kids, his family — by doing the right things on and off the court.”Jordan last soared through the air in the NBA in 2003. But even now, at 54, his marketability doesn’t seem to be tapering off.ADVERTISEMENT Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson History indicates it should be a profitable connection.Williams said Jordan is more relevant now than ever.“Obviously people knew who he was when he played, but when you see a 5- or 6-year-old kid walking around with Jordans on, and know who Michael Jordan is, but have never seen him play,” Williams said. “I have teammates that have never seen him play but know about everything he has done. It speaks volumes not only to what he has done as a player in his career, but it speaks a ton to what he has done post-basketball as well.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Adamson stops UE’s win streak Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ MOST READ View comments Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ setcenter_img Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ LATEST STORIES Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Forbes Magazine estimated last December that Jordan has made $1.7 billion since leaving the University of North Carolina in 1984 — more than any athlete ever.The vast majority of his wealth has come from marketing, since Jordan earned just $93 million during hisplaying career.It’s led all led to Jordan being able to call his own shots — like exclusive use of the Jumpman logo.“Well, he does own the team,” Westbook quipped. “He gets to pick that for sure.”Hornets forward Marvin Williams, who like Jordan played college basketball at North Carolina, said he knows the uniforms will be extremely popular with NBA fans simply because of the “international symbol” Jumpman has become. The logo features a silhouette of Jordan leaping through the air, his legs scissored with a basketball outstretched in one hand.“That symbol — I have seen people have it on their clothes, their cars, tattoos,” Williams said.Larry Miller, president of Jordan Brand, said the logo represents greatness “so it’s a natural fit to have it on the uniforms of MJ’s team.”“Aligning his team and his brand brings everyone in the Jordan family closer together,” Miller said in an email to The Associated Press, “and it’s a win for both organizations.”The Hornets recently opened an expanded team store at their downtown arena and are still receiving new Jumpman merchandise, but it’s not staying on the shelves very long.Hornets executive vice president and chief sales and marketing officer Pete Guelli said the team isexpecting a “substantial increase” in merchandise sales.“Being the only Jordan Brand team has a number of inherent advantages,” Guelli said. “It is also our first formal connection to our owner and allows us to explore additional extensions around that unique alignment.” Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson CHARLOTTE, North Carolina — Michael Jordan is showing he still has the ability to score big — even though he hasn’t played The Michael Jordan “Jumpman” logo is shown on merchandise as a customer shops at the Charlotte Hornets’ NBA basketball fan store in Charlotte, N.C., Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2017. The NBA’s new uniform contract with Nike could be a financial coup for Hornets owner Michael Jordan. Sports’ greatest pitchman will be reaping the benefits of the Hornets being the only NBA team to wear the famous Jordan Brand “Jumpman” logo on their jerseys this season. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)in nearly 15 years.The Hornets owner’s latest slam dunk off the court might come by way of the NBA’s new uniform contract with Nike.ADVERTISEMENT Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player awardlast_img read more

ABL: Alab Pilipinas posts first win, routs Formosa Dreamers

first_imgView comments Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours F2 completes comeback, wins PSL Grand Prix title at expense of Petron Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone MOST READ Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompsoncenter_img OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Photo from Asean Basketball LeagueAlab Pilipinas chalked up its first win in the Asean Basketball League after brushing off Formosa 78-61 Saturday at Changhua Stadium in Taiwan.The victory stopped Alab’s three-game skid as the team improved to 1-3, the same record the Dreamers hold.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Reggie Okosa powered Alab with 19 points, 19 rebounds, and two blocks while Bobby Ray Parks and Josh Urbiztondo added 12 points apiece.Alab erupted late in the third quarter and that momentum got carried early into the fourth with the Philippines going on a 19-7 run for a 68-51 lead with 4:41 left in the fourth that Okosa capped off with a dunk.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkLenny Daniel led the Dreamers with 19 points and eight rebounds as his team and Alab now sit at the fifth spot in the nine-team ladder. Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defenselast_img read more

La Salle finds strength after NU loss

first_imgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparc Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Read Next View comments Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award De La Salle has had this habit of immediately going back to the drawing board after a loss, and the Lady Spikers did just that after they bowed to National University on Sunday in the UAAP Season 80 women’s volleyball tournament.ADVERTISEMENT Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READcenter_img It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew In their game against NU, Dy and the rest of the Lady Spikers failed to counter a loose cannon in Jaja Santiago who finished with 27 points.Against UE, however, La Salle stayed true to its course and denied the Lady Warriors any chance to get back at them.Desiree Cheng finished off the Lady Warriors with two clutch kills that brought La Salle’s record to 4-1, half-a-game behind leader NU.“One of the things we learned after the loss to NU was that we need to be fearless and have this emotional fortitude,” said Dy who had eight points against UE. “We have drills where we won’t stop unless coach Ramil [De Jesus] tells us to stop.”“We have to show our toughness, show that we won’t give up no matter what. It’s connected to the game because you shouldn’t give up until the 25th point.”ADVERTISEMENT Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City The defending champions lost their four-game win streak at the hands of the Lady Bulldogs, 26-24, 19-25, 22-25, 25-17, 16-14, that ended their unbeaten start and watched NU go to an immaculate 4-0 slate.After the drawback, though, the Lady Spikers went back to business and dished out a three-set beating to woeful University of the East, 25-18, 25-17, 25-20.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk“We really wanted to win immediately, and when we lost to NU we went straight back to the gym to fix our mistakes,” said Kianna Dy in Filipino Wednesday at Filoil Flying V Centre.“And when we lost we knew we found our strength. We’ve addressed what we needed to do and that was realizing we needed to finish off games immediately and we shouldn’t be complacent even if we go up by two sets.” LATEST STORIES Soyud finds confidence despite Adamson’s loss to Ateneo UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may sufferlast_img read more

Barcelona unbeaten in record 39 straight La Liga games

first_imgValencia’s Dani Parejo scored from the penalty spot in the 87th after Barcelona substitute Ousmane Dembele rashly fouled Jose Gaya in the box four minutes after going on. Ter Stegen almost stopped the spot kick, which squirmed under him and over the line.“We played a good match today, too bad we were missing our finishing touch,” Valencia coach Marcelino Garcia Toral said.SEVILLA COMEBACKMidfielder Steven N’Zonzi scored from long range to complete Sevilla’s comeback from two goals down and draw with Villarreal 2-2 in a match where both sides ended with 10 men.Manuel “Nolito” Agudo made up for a missed penalty by pulling one back for Sevilla in the 78th. N’Zonzi struck four minutes later.Daniel Rabaseda opened the scoring for Villarreal and then set up Carlos Bacca to make it 2-0 after Sevilla’s Wissam Ben Yedder was sent off with back-to-back bookings in the 61st.Nolito’s poor spot kick came after a handball by Jaume Costa, which earned him a sending-off with a second yellow card.The stalemate left Villarreal in sixth place and Sevilla in seventh.DEPORTIVO HAS HOPEAdrian Lopez scored twice as Deportivo La Coruna won at Athletic Bilbao 3-2 and moved to within five points of safety. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina View comments LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident Markel Susaeta scored Bilbao’s second goal directly from a corner kick, with the curling ball hitting the turf before finding the opposite side of the net.OTHER RESULTSMikel Oyarzabal scored his third goal in two matches to give Real Sociedad a 1-0 win at relegation-threatened Las Palmas, while Miguel Guerrero gave Leganes a 1-0 win over Celta Vigo.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextcenter_img FC Barcelona’s Luis Suarez celebrates after scoring during the Spanish La Liga soccer match between FC Barcelona and Valencia at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, Spain, Saturday, April 14, 2018. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)BARCELONA, Spain — Barcelona set a Spanish league record of 39 consecutive games unbeaten on Saturday, as it rebounded from its humbling Champions League exit by defeating Valencia 2-1 to continue its march to the domestic title.Philippe Coutinho set up goals for Luis Suarez and Samuel Umtiti to help Barcelona establish the new Liga milestone. The feat came four days after the Catalan club squandered a 4-1 first-leg advantage by losing at Roma 3-0 and failed to reach Europe’s final four for the third year in a row.ADVERTISEMENT “We wanted to reaffirm the great league campaign we are having after the setback the other day,” Suarez said. “Records exist so you can break them, but the most important thing was to win considering the mood surrounding the team, which we know wasn’t good. Our fans were angry.”While Valencia kept Lionel Messi in check, Coutinho unlocked the visiting defense by threading a pass to meet Suarez’s run in the 15th minute. The striker used one touch of his right boot to slot a low shot past goalkeeper Neto for his 23rd goal in the competition this season.The speed of Valencia’s Goncalo Guedes caused Barcelona trouble throughout the first half. The Portuguese winger threatened with three strikes before striker Rodrigo Moreno forced Marc-Andre ter Stegen to parry his shot off the bar after Valencia’s pressure caused an errant pass by Barcelona’s goalkeeper.Gerard Pique hustled back to clear a goal-bound shot by Moreno early in the second half after Umtiti slipped and gifted Valencia a perfect opportunity to equalize.But the France center back gave Barcelona the cushion it needed in the 51st when Umtiti headed Coutinho’s corner kick onto the turf and in off the hands of Neto.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ With its hopes of a rare treble ended in Italy, Ernesto Valverde’s side stayed well on course for a double in Spain after dealing third-place Valencia its first loss in 10 rounds.“These three points are gold,” Valverde said. “Sometimes this club’s fans tend to get downcast easily and when there is a loss like Tuesday’s everything falls apart. We needed to step it up today. And I must congratulate my players because it wasn’t easy.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownBarcelona, which plays Sevilla in the Copa del Rey final next weekend, opened up a 14-point gap over second-place Atletico Madrid before the latter’s game against Levante on Sunday. After that there will be six rounds remaining.Barcelona took the record outright by surpassing Real Sociedad’s mark of 38 straight league games without a loss that had stood since 1980. Barcelona remains undefeated through 32 rounds this season. It also finished the last campaign without a loss over the final seven games under former coach Luis Enrique. Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Without Embiid, 76ers roll past Heat in playoff openerlast_img read more

Kevin Durant wins back-to-back Finals MVP

first_imgAlaska suspends Abueva indefinitely for going AWOL Durant is one of 30 players to win the award.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial Golden State Warriors’ Kevin Durant holds his NBA Finals MVP trophy after the Warriors defeated the Cleveland Cavalier 108-85 in Game 4 of basketball’s NBA Finals to win the NBA championship, Friday, June 8, 2018, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)CLEVELAND — Kevin Durant went back-to-back, twice.It’s now two straight NBA championships for the Golden State Warriors, and two consecutive NBA Finals MVP awards for the forward who played a huge role in getting them to those titles.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding View comments Lacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go? Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations READ: Kevin Durant confirms he will re-sign with Warriors Durant scored 20 points in the Game 4 clincher Friday night, a 108-85 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers — but his series will be remembered most for what he did in Game 3. Durant scored 43 points in that game, including a 33-foot 3-pointer in the final minute to all but clinch the win for the Warriors.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownDurant averaged 28.8 points in the series, along with 10.8 rebounds and 7.5 assists.“It’s just about the journey, all season,” Durant said. “Getting up every day, going to work with these guys, it’s amazing. The environment is incredible. It’s good for you to be around guys like this. It helps you become a better basketball player and a better man.” READ: Durant delivers deja vu ‘assassin’ dagger into Cavaliers Durant becomes the 11th player to win Finals MVP twice, joining six-time winner Michael Jordan, three-timers Magic Johnson, Shaquille O’Neal, Tim Duncan and LeBron James, and two-timers Kobe Bryant, Larry Bird, Hakeem Olajuwon, Willis Reed and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.He’s also the sixth player to win it in consecutive years, with Jordan, O’Neal, James, Olajuwon and Bryant being the others.READ: Dub Dynasty: Warriors sweep James, Cavaliers for third NBA title in four yearsSince 2009 the award has been named for Celtics legend Bill Russell, the 11-time champion who surely would have won the award several times if it existed in his playing days. The Finals MVP was first handed out in 1974.ADVERTISEMENT China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award MOST READ Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons filmlast_img read more

Drug tests for gamers as football’s eWorld Cup jackpot climbs

first_imgIn this photo taken on Thursday, Aug. 2, 2018, competitors take part in the eWorld Cup grand final in London. Three weeks after the World Cup finished in Russia, the finals of the e-sports version are taking place in London, with gamers being tested for performance-enhancing substances for the first time by FIFA. It’s a sign of the increasing professionalization of the gaming version of the World Cup, with the winner collecting $250,000. (AP Photo/Rob Harris)LONDON — The players finished their soccer matches and huddled waiting to discover who would have to undergo doping tests. The random draw completed, two men went off to provide urine samples.They just had to put their controllers down first.ADVERTISEMENT Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Adam Barton, a Welsh player known as “dreamR,” said he previously heard “suspicions” rivals have been taking substances.“It’s certainly possible it has happened in the past and hopefully they can stamp it out and make it a fair competition for everybody,” Barton said. “There’s drugs that improve concentration which is really important.”Particularly Adderall, a stimulant prescribed to treat ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder) that could help maintain focus on the screen for hours playing on the Xbox or PlayStation. A medical exemption certificate would be required by FIFA to keep using such medication.“If you don’t have ADHD and you use it,” said American player Alexander Betancourt, “it’s very easy to get an advantage.”Concerns about brain doping ensure FIFA is checking for the use of stimulants like methamphetamines, rather than growth hormones or EPO that would boost endurance in the traditional versions of soccer.It was a learning experience for FIFA anti-doping officer Jens Kleinfeld, whose recent focus was the World Cup in Russia.“I’m not normally the generation who is following esports,” Kleinfeld said. “When they asked me, I was like ‘Really?’ But when you see how big the sport really is and how professional now the players are, there is no question we have to do doping tests.”For now the only testing is at the grand final, the three-day event that concludes Saturday.The 32 finalists were whittled down through qualifying rounds that started with 20 million entrants in the EA-organized competitions, mainly playing at home rather than organized events. And unlike in regular sports governed by the World Anti-Doping Agency, there is no out-of-competition testing.“That’s something they should also do,” said the 19-year-old Bittner, who qualified for the final as the top-ranked player on Xbox at the playoffs in Amsterdam. Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Murray withdraws from Citi Open after tearful 3 a.m. finish “In the online qualification for the huge events, maybe there are some doping but you never know because the event is a few months afterwards and then they are all clean.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next The German, who competes as “MegaBit,” understands why the inconvenience is necessary to ensure people can trust a game still justifying its right to be classified as a sport.“With the Tour de France, there was such a huge scandal and even after 10 years there is still a (view) like, ‘Oh they all do doping,’” Bittner said. “This understanding for the people doesn’t go out.”FIFA has been slow to enforce integrity measures to safeguard its 14-year-old esports competition, which is run in conjunction with EA Sports.The governing body last year was untroubled by the prospect of players cheating on the computer controllers. But now with the champion on Saturday earning $250,000 — up from $26,000 two years ago — FIFA is finally making its players sign up to the code of ethics, which includes sanctions for match-fixing and doping.“In the FIFA scene, there are so many haters who just can’t believe there are people playing better FIFA,” Bittner said. “But you sometimes may have to prove to them it’s all clean and you’re just better on them.”ADVERTISEMENT Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkcenter_img Peza offers relief to ecozone firms MOST READ Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Less than three weeks after the World Cup finished, the finals of the video gaming version are being staged by FIFA in London with competitors being tested for performance-enhancing substances for the first time, just like players on the field in Russia.“It’s great as you think you are a superstar,” Saudi Arabian player Mosaad Aldossary, who competes as “Msdossary,” said after being tested. “They usually do it for Cristiano Ronaldo and every top player. So you think you are one of them.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’Just like Ronaldo, there is no circumventing having to urinate in front of the tester to provide the sample — however long it takes.“It felt awkward that someone is directly looking at you,” Michael Bittner said at the O2 Arena after becoming the first player to be drug-tested after soccer’s console offshoot. Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

As Gin Kings open title defense, teams begin hunt for their Govs’ Cup crown

first_imgPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netJustin Brownlee has been hailed as the yardstick of success for imports in the PBA Governors’ Cup by no less than the league’s greatest coach.Barangay Ginebra coach Tim Cone is confident that Brownlee will live up to his tag when the Gin Kings begin the journey to retain their crown tonight against the Columbian Dyip at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Manila routs Pasay, wins 4th straight LATEST STORIES Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs “There’s a lot of very good imports and every import will be out there to prove themselves against him,” added Cone.Getting the first crack at Brownlee will be Akeem Wright, the high-scoring Columbian import who has yet to notch a W for the Dyip in three games.Cone foresees a rough stint for Brownlee in a conference where imports stand no taller than 6-foot-5.“I think, in many ways, Justin had an easier time in the big [import] conference (Commissioner’s Cup) to score and do his thing because nobody could really match up to him,” said Cone.“But in the 6-5 conference, there are a lot of them that can match up with him.”ADVERTISEMENT “He’s the measuring stick of all other imports at this point,” said Cone, who won three titles with Brownlee, the latest of which was a classic triumph over San Miguel Beer in the Commissioner’s Cup last conference.That victory further solidified Cone’s legacy as the coach with the most number of championships at 21, including a pair of Grand Slams.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’With Brownlee back on his team, Cone and the Gin Kings will be aiming for a third straight Governors’ Cup diadem after frustrating the Meralco Bolts twice over in the Finals the past two seasons.This time, though, Cone expects everyone to come after Brownlee. Peza offers relief to ecozone firms ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced MOST READ Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew The Kings, who will complement Brownlee with Scottie Thompson, Greg Slaughter, Japeth Aguilar, LA Tenorio and Joe Devance, are coming in fresh from a long rest that took more than three weeks following their conquest of the Beermen.They needed every minute of that rest as it’s basically open season for their crown.Phoenix, which opened the tournament with two huge wins before stumbling against Alaska, aims to bounce back in the other game when the Fuel Masters face the TNT KaTropa.Calvin Abueva played against his former team for the first time since the Aces traded him to the Fuel Masters (2-1) prior to the conference.The KaTropa, unsuccessful with Stacy Davis the past two games, intend to steady their campaign after losing three of their four games.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

UAAP badminton: UP sets up finals rematch vs NU

first_imgLATEST STORIES Rookie Kyle Legaspi, meanwhile, recovered from a second set defeat to beat Carlo Remo, 21-12, 9-21, 21-17, in the deciding singles for the Fighting Maroons to clinch the tie.Bernardo provided UP’s other win after a 24-22, 21-4 conquest of Bagasbas in the first singles.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissThe Bulldogs and the Maroons open their best-of-three tie at 8 a.m. Wednesday at the Rizal Memorial Badminton Hall. NU completed a 6-0 elimination round sweep and has won 41 consecutive ties.               Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew PH table tennis bet splits first 2 games, faces tougher road ahead in YOG MOST READ Ateneo, which bested De La Salle in the first step-ladder Sunday to advance, level after Keoni Asuncion turned back Michael Clemente, 21-19, 21-14, in the second singles and later took the lead after Remo and Asuncion subdued Betong Pineda and Harvey Tungul, 21-19, 21-14, in the first doubles.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next University of the Philippines set up a finals rematch with reigning four-time champion National University following a 3-2 win over Ateneo Monday in the UAAP Season 81 men’s badminton tournament.JM Bernardo and Vinci Manuel came through with a 21-15, 21-15 victory over Fides Bagasbas and Sean Chan in the second doubles.ADVERTISEMENT Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal View comments Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anewcenter_img Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plumlast_img read more